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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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ARCA News Magazine Winter 2018 available online

This latest issue of the ARCA News magazine is now available to read online. Association and industry news, as well as articles on guidance and the management of asbestos soils are included in this Winter 2018 issue.

There is also an article on end-client’s responsibilities in appointing a contractor, and planning/removal asbestos containing materials. The Winners of the ARCA Gold Site Audit and Gold Training Awards are also mentioned.

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the journal for asbestos management professionals, available online here.

ARCA Regional Meetings – Dates for your diary

Dates for the next round of ARCA regional meetings are now available.

These meetings will include an update on the inaugural ALC licensed asbestos sub-group meeting with the Asbestos Licensing Unit and the January 2019 ALC meeting hosted by ARCA.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance to complement training records and demonstrate and record that individuals have received the information, instruction and training listed.

Find the next meeting in your area here.

Book Training now for 2019

To support your planning all scheduled training course dates for 2019 are available online.

Offering a wide range of specialist training courses to suit you and your team’s needs, and delivered by qualified trainers at training centres across the UK, ARCA is your trainer of choice. Call us if you need a bespoke asbestos training course.

The ARCA team are here to support you so, call us on 01283 505777 or click here to book on a training course.

ARCA members raise funds for Charity

This year ARCA staff and members have raised £16,000, by taking part in various activities, from; muddy fun runs and bike challenges to baking cakes.

The Association supports Mesothelioma UK; a national resource dedicated to supporting people suffering with asbestos cancer and also this year has supported the Wigan and Leigh Hospice; a charity providing palliative care for adult patients with a life-limiting illness.

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Charity Week in September and to those who donated. The funds raised will help support the valuable work these charities undertake,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive at ARCA. “We hope that everyone enjoyed all of their activities whilst raising funds for charity.”

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ARCA staff study for NEBOSH Diploma

ARCA managers, trainers and auditors, a group of 8, have begun studying for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. They will be studying for this diploma over two years, through distance learning.

NEBOSH Diplomas are globally recognised qualifications, with the National Diploma the flagship NEBOSH award. This diploma provides core health and safety knowledge, which combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner. The qualification covers four units; managing health and safety, hazardous agents in the workplace, workplace and work equipment safety and the application of health and safety management in the workplace.

“Here at ARCA we are committed to supporting continuous professional development, and undertaking this diploma will expand our knowledge and understanding of health and safety in its widest sense,” comments Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “Gaining this qualification will mean a lot of studying, so I’m delighted to see the staff embracing this opportunity.”

“To gain a broader understanding of health and safety, not just the asbestos related aspects I know from working in the industry, is a great opportunity for me,” stated Duncan Williams, ARCA Auditor. “There is a lot of distance studying to undertake, however, we meet once a month for webinars and discussions, which helps us all in our learning and also makes you feel less ‘distant’.”